How to Reopen A Closed Tab

Everybody probably experienced the following situation. You found a very interesting website with a lot of interesting and useful information for yourself. May this be for a personal project, your current job or just because of personal interest, This website got it all nicely together and offers you exactly what you were looking for. While browsing around on this site you open another tab and then accidentally close the wrong tab. The site with all the useful stuff is gone because you simply close the wrong tab. Before all the major browsers supported reopening closed tabs this was quite frustrating. Nowadays however all Browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Microsoft Edge and most of the others are able to reopen recently closed tabs. In this guide, I will show you how to reopen closed tabs on the three major browsers, which are Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer.

Using Keyboard Shortcuts

All three browsers support reopening recently closed tabs with a simple keyboard shortcut. All of those browsers also use the same shortcuts to just do that. If you just closed one of your tabs and want to open it again on any of those 3 browsers, Press and hold Ctrl and Shift on your keyboard and then just Press T once. This will open up the last recently closed tab. If you just closed more than one tab, repeat the whole process until you reopen the tab you wanted to get. This process can be done for the last 10 recently closed tabs. There are other ways to open recently closed tabs, presented in the following solutions.

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Opening Closed Tabs in Microsoft Edge

If you want to open up a recently closed tab in Microsoft Edge, without the Keyboard Shortcuts, open up a new tab and right-click the top of the new tab, and choose Re-open Closed Tab.

reopen closed tab edge

Opening Closed Tabs on a Mac (Google Chrome/Firefox/Safari)

Since the Chrome browser on mac systems continues to have a menu, you can reopen tabs using this method as well. Go to the Chrome menu, select File, and then click Reopen Closed Tab or use the short-cut Command+Shift+T which works on Firefox as well. On Safari, use the Command + Z keys, or Edit Menu -> Undo.

Opening Closed Tabs from History

If you have recently closed a Tab on your browser but are unable to get it back using the methods indicated above or if you have closed more than 10 Tabs and want to go even further back, you can try to get the tab opened again from the browser’s History. The method differs slightly on different browsers so we will try to list for all of them:

Google Chrome:

  1. Click on the “Three Vertical Dots” on the top right side of the screen and select History.
  2. Click on “History” again and this time, a detailed list of all your recent searches will open up.
    Opening History
  3. Navigate through the list and press “CTRL” on your keyboard.
  4. With “Ctrl” pressed, click on any recent search in the history to open it up inside of a new tab.

Microsoft Edge:

  1. This time around, click on the “Three Horizontal Dots” on the top right side of the screen and select “History” from the list.
  2. Click on the “Manage History” button to open up a detailed list of your recent searches.
    Clicking on History and then selecting Manage History
  3. From your recent searches, press “Ctrl” on the keyboard, highlight the text of the recent search, and click on it to open it inside of a new tab.
    Note: Highlighting the text is important because it won’t open up unless it is highlighted.
  4. You can go on to open as many tabs as you want using the same method as above.

Mozilla’s Firefox:

  1. Launch the browser and make sure to open up the main homepage.
  2. Press “Ctrl” + “H” on the homepage to open up a list of the recent searches in the left side.
  3. Click on the “Today” or any other date that you want to expand the searches made on that day.
  4. Click and hold on any search that you want to open in a new tab and drag it to the top of your browser where tabs are listed to open it in a new tab.
    Clicking on a search date and then opening it in a new tab
  5. You can go on to open as many tabs as you like this way.

Opera:

  1. Launch the browser and closeout of all unnecessary tabs and make sure that you are on the homepage.
  2. Press “Ctrl” + “H” to launch the list of recent searches made by the user.
  3. In history, press “Ctrl” on your keyboard, and while keeping it pressed, click on any recent search that you want to open in a new tab.
    Clicking on the history searches
  4. The search will be launched in a new tab inside the browser.

Kevin Arrows


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